Archive for January, 2008

CONTROVERSY!! Bulgarian Grandmaster Ivan Cheparinov was initially forfeited for not shaking hands with England’s Nigel Short. Case Short came to the board, and with his opponent absent, he played the move 1.e4, and walked away. A few minutes later, Cheparinov came to the board, sat down, and played 1…c5. As Short came over, and held […]

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A story from the Iceland’s Morgunbladid has stated that Bobby Fischer desired one last match with Garry Kasparov and/or Viswanathan Anand. This is a very interesting development since Fischer has disassociated himself with the chess world since his 1992 match in Yugoslavia. In interviews he stated that he would only play Fischer Random, but there […]

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Bobby Fischer (right) on the move against Boris Spassky in their pivotal 1972 match in Reykjavik, Iceland. The news of Bobby Fischer’s demise has come as somewhat of a shock to the world chess community, but the 64-year old chess legend was said to be ailing. Born as Robert James Fischer on March 9, 1943 […]

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Peter Myers, “Porter takes Inaugural John Powell Chess Open,” 18 January 2008 (Jamaica). PORTER TAKES INAUGURAL JOHN POWELL OPEN National Master Russel Porter started the 2008 chess season with a bang, when he claimed the inaugural staging of the John Powell Memorial Chess Open at the Campion College Auditorium over the weekend. Porter topped the […]

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Corus Chess Lane in Wijk an Zee. Photo from chessvista.com. Teimour Radjabov is often criticized for his tournament strategies, but his standing in Corus so far has been one of fortune. Radjabov has scored success with the King’s Indian but today it would be the Benoni-type of position against Pavel Eljanov of the Ukraine. Radjabov […]

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Fire on Board features a game from Dr. Kimani Stancil in a theoretical battle against Murray Newcomb. Dr. Stancil has been in the Bay area working as a professional researcher in nanoscience… a hot topic. You’ll have to ask him what nanoscience is about. I asked him about his dissertation a while back and he […]

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Video by New York Public Radio Former World Champion Garry Kasparov was interviewed on WNYC radio and spoke about making mistakes in chess. We all have been there… no matter what the level. The most popular refrain is, “I had a won game.” Mistakes are made and chess is unforgiving. This clip is only two minutes […]

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A new version of “Chess Crackers” is up. In the bimonthly features, four positions are presented. In the future, I will present some selections from non-Master games. Although the puzzles from Masters emanate from better games, the tactical positions arising from any game can be instructive. I did include one this month of FM (now IM) […]

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Orrin Hudson is in the January 21st issue of People magazine (Britney Spears on the cover). The popular magazine primarily covers the entertainment industry and profiles others who have made the news. People magazine has a circulation of 44 million and Hudson stated that he has received numerous calls as a result of the feature article. […]

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GM Pontus Carlsson (Sweden) Pontus Carlsson told The Chess Drum in a recent interview that he was slated to play in Corus Wijk aan Zee 2008 C-Group 11th-27th January 2008. This will be his inaugural visit to the prestigious tournament. The field will include (title, name, federation, birthyear, FIDE rating): GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko UKR 1978 2647 GM […]

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